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Keynote Speakers


Glen Stasiuk (nee Keen/Farmer/Hayward)

Glen is a lecturer and senior Indigenous researcher at Murdoch University and award winning film director. Glen is a maternal descendent of the Minang-Wadjari Nyungars (Aboriginal peoples) of the South-West of Western Australia whilst his paternal family immigrated from post-war Russia.  These rich and varied cultural backgrounds have allowed him, through his filmmaking, research and writing to explore culture, knowledge and diverse narratives. 

This was evident via his film: The Forgotten, voted Best Documentary at the 2003 WA Screen Awards, which documented and examined the Aboriginal community's contribution to the Australian Armed Forces in the 20th Century.  Glen holds a Business Degree from Edith Cowan University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University.  In 2002 he was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Media Studies and delivered the Valedictory Address at that year’s graduation ceremony. 

His works include the film productions: Noongar of the Beeliar (Swan River), The Ngallak Koort Boodja Project, Weewar – A Bindjareb Warrior, Footprints in the Sand, Gnulla Katitjin Quoppadar Boodjar (Our Understanding of Beautiful Country) and “Razor Wire”.  He is currently completing his PhD and ARC grant which revolves around his latest film in production:Wadjemup: Black Prison - White Playground.

Dr Fiona Nicoll

Dr Nicoll is a founding member of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association.  She served as the Association's first Vice President alongside Aileen Moreton-Robinson (founding President) in which capacity she established its website and edited the first ACRAWSA journal.  She is currently a lecturer and researcher in Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland.

Her writing over the past two decades addresses the following issues: reconciliation, Indigenous sovereignty, queer theory, whiteness, gender, sexuality, race, gambling and the politics of Indigenous art and knowledge.  Fiona has numerous publications to her name across these issue areas and a representative list of them is available here.

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson

Emeritus Professor Atkinson is a Jiman - Aboriginal Australian (from Central west Queensland)/Bundjalung (Northern New South Wales) woman, who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage.  She  holds a BA from the University of Canberra and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology.  She is also a graduate of the Harvard University course, Program for Refugee Trauma- Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery.  Her primary academic and research focus has been on the area of violence, with its relational trauma, and healing or recovery for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples.

In 2006, while head of the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University she won the Carrick Neville Bonner Award for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice.  In 2011 she was awarded the Fritz Redlich Memorial award for Human Rights and Mental Health from the Harvard University Program for Refugee Trauma.

Details for further speakers will be added as information is received.

Updated: 2nd April 2013